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Friday, November 16, 2012

The equal rights and Pussy Riot open line

Posted by on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The line is open. Final thoughts:

WORKING FOR EQUALITY: Group pushing marriage equality registers with secretary of state.
  • WORKING FOR EQUALITY: Group pushing marriage equality registers with secretary of state.
* A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES ...: None of them thinks it will be easy. But hats off to Arkansans for Equality, which filed incorporation papers today (Twitter photo from Channel 4) for a campaign to overturn Arkansas's constitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage. I was told earlier this week that an attorney was working on a draft of their amendment petition. So much lies ahead and not only gathering signatures. There's the matter of changing public opinion in a state still pretty firmly opposed not only to marriage equality but even equal rights for gay people in employment (see positions of all members of the U.S. House, for starters.)

There's a website.

There's a Facebook page.

There's a good history of the struggle for civil rights at the group's link.

* AND SPEAKING OF RIGHTS, WHAT ABOUT PUSSY RIOT? Good story in the Guardian on Angela Merkel giving Vladimir Putin grief about the jailing of Pussy Riot. He plays a Jewish card, inaccurately according to the account.

DARRIN WILLIAMS
  • DARRIN WILLIAMS
* VICTORY FOR BIPARTISANSHIP: A statement here from Rep. Darrin Williams, the Democrat who lost a rise to House speaker with the change to a Republican majority in the House. He celebrates the election yesterday of Republican Rep. Davy Carter as speaker in his place as a "victory for bipartisanship."

* U.S. REP. STEVE WOMACK'S SON CITED FOR PAROLE VIOLATION: Technical violation, according to 40/29, which says James Philip Womack likely will get some time in a violators program in Malvern. He got boot camp rather than prison on a negotiated plea for delivery of methamphetamine.

* GLOBAL WARMING: AN ASTONISHING FACTOID: From Grist:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration summarizes October 2012:

The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces during October was 14.63°C (58.23°F). This is 0.63°C (1.13°F) above the 20th century average and ties with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record. The record warmest October occurred in 2003 and the record coldest October occurred in 1912. This is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature.

Emphasis added. If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average. That’s beyond astonishing.

* WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Map below goes with a Washington Post item. It's about the high stakes fight on whether states will participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program. States are pushing for flexibility, taking only a partial expansion as a hedge against future costs. That's generally the Republican talking point. Note that Arkansas is included as taking the expansion. That's certainly Gov. Mike Beebe's desire. The new Republican majority legislature? I don't think the Obama administration can chalk up Arkansas as a participant just yet. Gov. Beebe, by the way, made a pitch for Medicaid expansion in his weekly radio address.

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